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Steffen Iversen (born November 10, 1976 in Oslomarker) is a Norwegianmarker football player currently playing for Rosenborgmarker in Norwegian Premier League. He has earned four Norwegian league championships with Rosenborg and one with Vålerenga. He has also played for Tottenham and Wolverhampton. He has 77 caps for the Norwegian national team, scoring 21 goals.

Career

The first club that Iversen played for was Nationalkameratene. He later moved on to Astor, before starting his professional career at Rosenborgmarker, and helped them win the Tippeligaen twice, in 1995 and 1996.

His exploits attracted the attention of overseas clubs, and in November 1996 he signed for Tottenham Hotspur just after his 20th birthday. He spent seven years at White Hart Lanemarker - collecting a League Cup winners' medal in 1999 - before having a brief spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In 2004, he moved back to Norway to play for Vålerenga where he played a crucial role (along with goalkeeper Arason) during the 2005 season and won his third Tippeligaen, ten years after his first. His contract ended on 31 October 2005, and for months he was a free agent. Rumours abounded of several clubs showing their interest, including Mallorca, Everton and his previous club Vålerenga. On February 10, 2006 it was, a bit surprisingly, announced that he wanted to return to his old club Rosenborg, where his joining was officially announced on February 13, 2006. In Rosenborg Iversen was the star player and Rosenborg's topscorer (18 goals) of the 2006/07 season and helped his team win the title, Iversen's fourth medal.

When the transfer market was about to open again in the winter, the Belgian club K.R.C. Genk showed a great interest to buy him. A clause in his contract allowed him to leave the club if the new deal was signed before new year. After a lot of speculations and rumors, Iversen announced that he was staying in Rosenborg to Genk's dismay and disappointment. According to the Belgian club, Iversen had agreed over the phone. Rumours say that it was heavy fog that made the ex-Tottenham player stay in Norway. The story was that he was on his way to Belgium when his plane couldn't take off due to fog. While at the airport, he, for some reason, changed his mind and returned to Rosenborg, signing a new contract that lasts until 2011.

Iversen is known for his finishing abilities and astonishing heading skills. He is a constant threat to the opponents' defence and goalkeeper. Many consider Iversen the best header in Norway, which means beating, among others, former team-mate Vidar Riseth and Olivier Occean.

Iversen also has 77 caps for the Norwegian national team, scoring 21 goals, and was part of their Euro 2000 squad.

The son of legendary footballer Odd Iversen, Steffen is considered by many to be a "tr√łnder" denoting someone from the regions around Trondheimmarker where his father played for Rosenborg, in part because he speaks the regional dialect. But Steffen was in fact born in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, when his father played for V√•lerenga, and considers himself just as much a native of Oslo as of Trondheim.

He was linked to a number of English Championship clubs in the summer of 2008; including Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Ipswich Town.

Honours

Club

Rosenborg BKmarker


Tottenham Hotspur F.C.


Vålerenga Fotball


Individual



International goals

Steffen Iversen: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 May 1999 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 6-0 Win Friendly
2 30 May 1999 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 1-0 Win Euro 2000 Qualifier
3 5 June 1999 Qemal Stafamarker, Tiranamarker 2-1 Win Euro 2000 Qualifier
4 8 September 1999 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 4-0 Win Euro 2000 Qualifier
5 27 May 2000 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 2-0 Win Friendly
6 13 June 2000 Feijenoord Stadionmarker, Rotterdammarker 1-0 Win UEFA Euro 2000
7 12 October 2002 Lia Manoliu Stadiummarker, Bucharestmarker 1-0 Win Euro 2004 Qualifier
8 15 November 2003 Estadio Mestallamarker, Valenciamarker 1-2 Defeat Euro 2004 Qualifier
9 18 February 2004 Windsor Parkmarker, Belfastmarker 4-1 Win Friendly
10 9 October 2004 Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker 1-0 Win World Cup 2006 Qual.
11 16 November 2004 Craven Cottagemarker, Londonmarker 2-2 Draw Friendly
12 8 June 2005 Råsunda Stadiummarker, Solnamarker 3-2 Win Friendly
13 6 September 2006 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 2-0 Win Euro 2008 Qualifier
14 2 June 2007 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 4-0 Win Euro 2008 Qualifier
15 6 June 2007 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 4-0 Win Euro 2008 Qualifier
16 8 September 2007 Zimbru Stadiummarker, ChiŇüinńÉumarker 1-0 Win Euro 2008 Qualifier
17 21 November 2007 Ta' Qali Stadiummarker, Ta' Qali 4-1 Win Euro 2008 Qualifier
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20 6 September 2008 Ullevaal Stadionmarker, Oslomarker 2-2 Draw World Cup 2010 Qual.
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